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Little dogs say "Rough!"
Walton, Rick.
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Publication Information:
New York : Putnam's, [2000]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 23 cm
Rhyming text with puns on the sounds that different animals make offers advice on how to deal with each animal.
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Clearfield Library PIC.BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
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As any kid can tell you, little animals don't just make noises--they have conversations. And now everyone can learn what they say: Little birds say, "Treat! Treat! Treat! Give us something good to eat!" and little horses say, "Nay! Nay! You can't ride on us today!" From snakes to chicks, find out what the animals are really saying.Perfect for sharing aloud, Rick Walton's infectious verse and Henry Cole's hysterical illustrations will change the way you hear moos and meows forever.

Author Notes

Rick Walton became a children's writer because, after trying almost every other career in the book, he finally realized that writing for kids was one of the few things that he both enjoyed and was good at. Since that realization he has had over forty books published, with many more scheduled for publication over the next couple of years. His works include picture books, riddle books, activity books, a collection of poetry, and educational and game software. His books have been featured on the IRA Children's Choice list, on Reading rainbow, and on CBS This Morning.

Rick lives in Provo, Utah, with his wife, Ann, the brains of the household, who also writes for kids, programs computers, masters Rick's website, and does all the home repair that Rick never learned how to do. It was Ann, who grew up in a computer family and who has eight siblings and a father in the computer industry, who dragged Rick kicking and screaming into the computer age. Now Rick doesn't understand how anyone can survive without word-processing programs, e-mail, and their own website.

They have four children, all of whom are learning to love reading, writing, and computers.

Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

What are baby animals really saying with the sounds they make? According to Walton (Once There Was a Bull Frog), "Little snakes say, "Kissss! Kissss!/ Kisss us on the cheek like thissss!" And cows are declaring "Moo-oon! Moo-oon!/ We would like to go there soon!" Cole's (Little Bo) double-page cartoons of the animal world brim with goofy charm: snakes sleep in trees with pillows and blankets, and cows float in space wearing planetary-themed sleeper pjs. But every time the book promises to take flight, the rhyming text drags it back down. While each vignette starts off with a roar of a comical conceit, it finishes with a whimper ("Moo-oon! Soon!/ Get them there by noon/ When the cows say, "Moo-oon!"). By the final page, readers may be ready for the animals to have some quiet time. Ages 4-8. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-K-Walton's wacky wordplay twists the typical noises associated with different animals to create rhyming phrases that describe their often unusual activities. From kissing snakes to hungry vultures, rough-and-tumble puppies to astronaut cows, these cartoon-style creatures will prompt giggles and grins from young listeners. "Little horses say,/`Nay! Nay!/You can't ride on us today!'" Still, some of the rhymes seem forced ("Little lambs say,/`Maaa! Maaa!/Mom, we want something to gnaw!"). Cole's comical illustrations, rendered in acrylic paints and colored pencils, add to the book's appeal. The animals' expressive faces are clearly the focus of the simply composed pictures. Humorous details like the flowered swim cap on a mother bird or the pink-and-blue blankets covering the sleepy snakes give the book a goofy charm. There's no real story to speak of, and the brevity of the text makes it a quick read, but this book is sure to be a storytime hit. Older listeners might even be inspired to adapt other noises to create their own ridiculous rhymes.-Lisa Dennis, The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, PA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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